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TANNOY – 90 Years of Audio Invention

Over the past 90 years, TANNOY is the undisputed leader in loudspeaker design and audio quality.

TANNOY History 1926 Founder Guy R Fountain


Tulsemere manufacturing company founded in London, UK by Guy R. Fountain.

TANNOY History 1928 Name Origin


Company changes its name to “TANNOY”, derived from the materials used in the manufacture of its rectifiers (Tantalum / Lead Alloy).



TANNOY’s early intervention in automotive audio and mobile public address systems!

TANNOY History Through 1930

Through the 1930’s

TANNOY becomes established as one of the most innovative designers and manufacturers of loudspeaker systems and audio components.

TANNOY History Through 1940

Through the 1940’s

TANNOY delivers public address systems for famous sporting and state events, as well as for the Ministry of Defense during the wartime. (Winston Churchill shown using a TANNOY public address system).

TANNOY History 1946 synonymous to Public Address Systems


“TANNOY” becomes synonymous with public address systems, and its name is added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

TANNOY History 1947 Dual Concentric Launch London Radio Show


The Dual Concentric driver is invented and launched at the London Radio Show. This revolutionary technology will define TANNOY and the later audio industry.

TANNOY History 1967 Monitor Gold Dual Concentric range


TANNOY launches the famous Monitor Gold Dual Concentric range.

TANNOY History Through 1970 Professional Recording Studio

Through the 1970’s

TANNOY becomes key player in professional recording studio monitoring.

TANNOY History 1973 Monitor Gold Drivers


Abbey Road Studio 2 installs Lancaster cabinets with Monitor Gold drivers. Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is recorded on these TANNOY monitors.

TANNOY History 1974 Acquired by Harman International Industries


TANNOY is acquired by Harman International Industries, and Guy R. Fountain retires.

TANNOY History 1976 relocated at Coatbridge, Scotland


TANNOY relocates production from London to Coatbridge, Scotland.

TANNOY History 1979 Super Red range


The Super Red range of studio monitors launched to critical acclaim.

TANNOY History 1970 and 1980 Recording Studios

Through the 1970’s and 1980’s

With a growing reputation as the world’s best, TANNOY Monitors found their way into countless legendary recording studios such as Abbey Road, Air and Decca.

TANNOY History 1980 Vangelis using Dreadnought Monitor


Vangelis composing the music to the blockbuster movie “Blade Runner” with the help of the TANNOY Dreadnought monitor.

TANNOY History 1987 merged to TANNOY Goodmans International TGI


TANNOY merges with Goodmans to form TANNOY Goodmans International (TGI).

TANNOY History 1990 on Commercial Audio and Ceiling Loudspeaker


TANNOY re-focuses on commercial audio and becomes a pioneer in premium ceiling loudspeaker products.

TANNOY History 2002 acquired by TC Electronic


TGI is acquired by Danish company TC ELECTRONIC to form TC Group.

TANNOY History 2014 launches CMS Series


TANNOY launches revolutionary Dual Concentric technology with latest generation CMS Series.

TANNOY History 2015 TC Group acquired by MUSIC


MUSIC acquires TC Group and with it TANNOY to form a conglomerate of high-end brands and technology.


Current Status

TANNOY is the weapon of choice for musicians and industry pros alike. Grammy Award-winning mixing legend Tony Maserati has mixed countless hit songs and albums on TANNOY monitors for close to three decades now.